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How Foreign Private Equity Hooked New England’s Fishing Industry

Via ProPublica, a report on how foreign private equity took over New England’s fishing industry: Before dawn, Jerry Leeman churned through inky black waters, clutching the wheel of the fishing vessel Harmony. The 85-foot trawler, deep green and speckled with rust, was returning from a grueling fishing trip deep into the Atlantic swells. Leeman and […]

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House Republicans Ask GAO To Probe Foreign Ownership Of U.S. Farmland

Via the Wall Street Journal, an article on rising US government concerns over foreign ownership of US farmland: The top Republicans on the House Agriculture and Oversight committees have asked the Government Accountability Office to investigate foreign investment in U.S. farmland, questioning whether Chinese acquisitions in particular could pose a national-security threat. In a letter […]

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Ron DeSantis Blasts China for Buying US Farmland: ‘It’s A Huge Problem’

Via NY Post, an article on Ron DeSantis reaction to China buyingUS farmland: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has vowed to crack down on “undue influence from rogue states” like China in response to Chinese businesses reportedly buying up large tracts of farmland. DeSantis was asked about a recent report by the National Association of Realtors which found that […]

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Like Oil and Water: How Oil Palm Plantations are Squeezing Communities Dry In Asia and Africa

Via the World Rainforest Movement, an article on how oil palm plantations are grabbing land and squeezing communities dry: There are no other commodity crops that have grown faster globally in the last decade than palm oil. Vegetable oil production increased 118 per cent in the last ten years alone, the majority of it is driven by […]

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Morocco Promotes Agricultural Development In Western Sahara

Via The Arab Weekly, a report on a new Morocco-led project that aims to turn 52 square kilometres of unused land near the city of Dakhla into farms: Morocco is seeking investors for a $213 million agriculture project in Western Sahara irrigated by a wind-powered desalination plant. The project aims to turn 52 square kilometres of […]

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Countries Growing 70% Of World’s Food Face ‘Extreme’ Heat Risk By 2045

Via Seed Daily, a report that the world’s breadbaskets which grow 70% of the world’s food face ‘extreme’ heat risk by 2045: Blistering crop-withering temperatures that also risk the health of agricultural workers could threaten swathes of global food production by 2045 as the world warms, an industry analysis warned Thursday. Climate change is already stoking […]

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About This Blog And Its Author
Seeds Of A Revolution is committed to defining the disruptive geopolitics of the global Farms Race.  Due to the convergence of a growing world population, increased water scarcity, and a decrease in arable land & nutrient-rich soil, a spike of international investment interest in agricultural is inevitable and apt to bring a heretofore domestic industry into a truly global realm.  Whether this transition involves global land leases or acquisitions, the fundamental need for food & the protectionist feelings this need can give rise to is highly likely to cause such transactions to move quickly into the geopolitical realm.  It is this disruptive change, and the potential for a global farms race, that Seeds Of A Revolution tracks, analyzes, and forecasts.

Educated at Yale University (Bachelor of Arts - History) and Harvard (Master in Public Policy - International Development), Monty Simus has long held a keen interest in natural resource policy and the geopolitical implications of anticipated stresses in the areas of freshwater scarcity, biodiversity reserves & parks, and farm land.  Monty has lived, worked, and traveled in more than forty countries spanning Africa, China, western Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Southeast & Central Asia, and his personal interests comprise economic development, policy, investment, technology, natural resources, and the environment, with a particular focus on globalization’s impact upon these subject areas.  Monty writes about freshwater scarcity issues at www.waterpolitics.com and frontier investment markets at www.wildcatsandblacksheep.com.